Massachusetts Divorce Records

Are Massachusetts divorce records publicly accessible?

Divorce records in Massachusetts are public records and can be accessed by anyone. However, there may be some information included in a divorce record that is confidential and cannot be released to the general public. For example, the names of minors who were involved in a Massachusetts divorce proceeding would not be released.

How to find a divorce record in Massachusetts?

In order to find a divorce record in Massachusetts, you can try the search in the state court. Or you can do that in the county court. You will need to know the name of the county where the divorce took place. If you don’t know this information, try searching for a map of your state and locate the county you want. Once you have found your county, search for it on a court website or use an online directory for public records.

At the state level, you can look up Massachusetts divorce records here:

 

What information does a Massachusetts divorce record contain?

Divorce records in Massachusetts contain information about the marriage and divorce process of a couple, as well as the documents created during the process and proceedings. By looking into this information, you’ll be able to have a better understanding of the background information of both parties involved in this divorce.

Some of the information that might be contained in a Massachusetts divorce record includes:

  • Name and other details of the married couple
  • Date of marriage
  • Date of separation/divorce
  • Grounds for separation/divorce (fault or no fault)
 

What are divorce certificates in Massachusetts?

A divorce certificate in Massachusetts is a document that shows a marriage has been legally terminated. This certificate shows basic details about the divorce, including the date and place of its occurrence, and the names of the couple. It is not prepared by a court. Instead it is issued by the government body in Massachusetts that keeps the records of divorce, and can be used as a simple proof of divorce. A Massachusetts divorce certificate is a document that works in some limited uses: showing you’re single, applying for a name change, getting a passport or visa.

What are divorce decrees in Massachusetts?

A Massachusetts divorce decree is the final order of a divorce court case that ends a marriage legally. Issued by a judge, it contains more details than a divorce certificate. The exact content of a decree will vary depending on jurisdiction but typically includes:

  • The date of the divorce
  • The names and addresses of both spouses
  • The custody arrangements for any minor children
  • Any alimony or child support payments, and how they should be paid
  • Any property settlements agreed upon by both parties
 

There are a few different ways to access Massachusetts divorce decrees. One way is to go to the court website and search for them. You can also request them from the clerks by mail, fax, or in person.